Voting this year.

I will be voting for the first time. I’m currently in Boston, MA for the midterm elections and I registered over the summer. The state elections have 5 candidates for governor and 4 ballot questions. Unfortunately the Modern Whig party doesn’t have a candidate in the election, so we’ll have to make due with what we’ve got.

Gubernatorial Candidates

Evan Falchuk is the candidate from the United Independent Party, and he’s supported by the Modern Whigs of Massachusetts. I agree with his stances mostly; the housing for poor people for one, no tax breaks for corporations for another, also the idea of a progressive tax. He’s against money in politics and super pacs, so that’s a big plus. Here’s his entry in Ballotpedia. I disagree with his stance on GMOs, it is not a scientifically based stance, but an emotional one based on propaganda.

200px-Evan_Falchuk The money out of politics idea is very important. Little can change in our government(federal and local) if we continue to allow the Citizen’s United ruling to continue. A constitutional convention has been proposed, which Falchuk is for, that seeks to eliminate that ruling with an amendment of the US Constitution. This is why I support things like Wolf PAC, and CA and VT have already passed resolutions for the convention. It’d be great if MA could pass it as well. The money is out of hand, the legal bribery is far too much. But I digress.

So this will be the guy I’m choosing as my first vote. You may dislike that I’m not voting for someone from the Democratic or Republican parties, because it’s thought of as a wasted vote. Well, I don’t care. I vote my conscience; I don’t vote for anyone that isn’t worth voting for – regardless if there are no suitable choices. One of the reasons I haven’t voted till now. If he gets 3% of the vote then the United Independent Party will have primaries et al, which is good. We need to stop with the idiotic “two party system”. It’s progress.

Ballot Questions

  1. Gas Tax
  2. Water Bottle Deposit
  3. Casinos
  4. Sick Time

Here’s a good overview of each question from the Boston Globe. I’m ok with the gas tax being updated automatically with inflation, I’m ok with other bottles besides pop and beer having a deposit added. I’m also ok with casinos. The sick time one is pretty important, and I wholeheartedly agree with making employees provide sick time to their employees. On my facebook page I had made a list of decrees if I were ever emperor, and sick time was one of them. OF COURSE employees should have sick time, that is simply a no brainer. What, you want someone coming in to work sick(cause they can’t afford to lose the pay) spreading their sickness to others(especially if they handle food or otherwise interact with the public)? Aside from getting others sick, you also prolong the illness, same for injuries, which ends up costing more in the long run. Healthy workers are more productive workers, healthy citizens don’t burden our healthcare system as much. This is completely fucked up that it’s not already a thing. If you own a business and have a bunch of employees, then you had better offer sick time. Just do it, asshole. So, yea I’ll be voting for sick time.

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My first Kiva microloan.

 

 

kivaloan

FULLY FUNDED! Woot!

So, I finally decided on which loan to help fund on Kiva.org. This is Beryl who sells jewelry in Kenya. She needs a loan for more stock, and she’s already had a loan before which she paid back in full. I’m very glad I got to help out with this loan, and I look forward to loaning it out again after this one is paid back.

You guys should check out kiva.org and help out with microloans, it’s a really cool program. And you can join teams for funding the loans more efficiently. The team I joined is DFTBA Nerdfighteria. The team is dedicated to decreasing world suck, and I’m happy to be a part of that.

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I Would I Were a Careless Child

I would I were a careless child,
Still dwelling in my Highland cave,
Or roaming through the dusky wild,
Or bounding o’er the dark blue wave;
The cumbrous pomp of Saxon pride
Accords not with the freeborn soul,
Which loves the mountain’s craggy side,
And seeks the rocks where billows roll.

Fortune! take back these cultured lands,
Take back this name of splendid sound!
I hate the touch of servile hands,
I hate the slaves that cringe around.
Place me among the rocks I love,
Which sound to Ocean’s wildest roar;
I ask but this – again to rove
Through scenes my youth hath known before.
Few are my years, and yet I feel
The world was ne’er designed for me:
Ah! why do dark’ning shades conceal
The hour when man must cease to be?
Once I beheld a splendid dream,
A visionary scene of bliss:
Truth! – wherefore did thy hated beam
Awake me to a world like this?

I loves – but those I love are gone;
Had friends – my early friends are fled:
How cheerless feels the heart alone,
When all its former hopes are dead!
Though gay companions o’er the bowl
Dispel awhile the sense of ill’
Though pleasure stirs the maddening soul,
The heart – the heart – is lonely still.

How dull! to hear the voice of those
Whom rank or chance, whom wealth or power,
Have made, though neither friends nor foes,
Associates of the festive hour.
Give me again a faithful few,
In years and feelings still the same,
And I will fly the midnight crew,
Where boist’rous joy is but a name.

And woman, lovely woman! thou,
My hope, my comforter, my all!
How cold must be my bosom now,
When e’en thy smiles begin to pall!
Without a sigh would I resign
This busy scene of splendid woe,
To make that calm contentment mine,
Which virtue know, or seems to know.

Fain would I fly the haunts of men –
I seek to shun, not hate mankind;
My breast requires the sullen glen,
Whose gloom may suit a darken’d mind.
Oh! that to me the wings were given
Which bear the turtle to her nest!
Then would I cleave the vault of heaven,
To flee away, and be at rest.

Byron

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PIV sex is always rape? No, not ok.

There’s a blog post that talks about PIV(Penis In Vagina) and how it is always rape. I find it hard to believe reasonable people would take it seriously but it has ended up being discussed over and over again in some discussion groups I’m in. Comments aren’t allowed on that blog post page anymore, and even if they were, I’m under the impression that any disagreement would be deleted and the commenter blocked. So, I’m going to post about it here.

1  234I’m not going to dissect the whole thing. Basically, my take on it is that this person, who describes herself as a “radfem”, is either trolling(Law of Poe) or she is an irrational person. Probably the latter. The idea that women have no agency to consent is absurd, and she doesn’t get to tell us otherwise. Furthermore, treating sex as if it’s some horrendous violent thing is as warped as some who treat is as a dirty sinful thing. Or a perverted thing. While some sex may be dirty, or perverted, this probably wouldn’t describe the sex of most couples.

Also, pretending all PIV sex is rape is deliberately making light of actual rape experienced by rape victims. Consensual sex with your partner is not on the level of non-consensual sex with anyone. Pretending women can’t consent is a farce.

I really hope people aren’t taking her seriously, she does not represent feminism in any way. She makes light of rape, and she is of the mind set that women have no will of their own, which is pretty anti-feminist, in my opinion. I encourage others who disagree with her to make your opinion known either through your own blog post, or a youtube video response.

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